The Best Time of Year to Get Bunion Surgery According to NYC Foot Specialists

Posted by on Friday, November 24th, 2017

The only way to get rid of bunions is to have them surgically removed. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that minimally invasive bunion surgery and fast bunion surgery recovery is possible. In the past, patients could expect a 2-inch scar and at least six weeks of immobilization. Last spring, though, a new type of bunion microsurgery came to Mount Sinai Hospital that involves a tiny 2-3 millimeter incision combined with live X-ray and a burr tool to shave down the bone into a removable paste.

As gruesome as it may sound, most patients experience no pain with proper management and get back on their feet within three weeks. So the question many people have for our NYC foot specialists is not so much if they should have the surgery, but when. Three weeks is still nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about immobility, so let’s consider the best time of year to get bunion surgery, based on the pros and cons of each season.

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Is there an ideal season to get bunion surgery? Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

Percutaneous Bunion Surgery Proves Minimally Invasive Bunion Repair IS Possible

Posted by on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is one of the few New York City surgeons trained in percutaneous bunion surgery. Minimally invasive foot surgeries are popular for lateral ankle stabilization, ankle fusion, osteochondral lesions, calcaneal fractures, and calcaneal osteotomies, but poor results in the 70’s and 80’s caused American podiatric surgeons to shy away from non-invasive methods of bunion correction—that is, until now.

The first percutaneous bunionectomy was performed by another local surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital last spring. “Though it’s relatively new here, it’s popular with European orthopedists,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Some doctors are waiting to see more favorable clinical research results, but trade publications like Podiatry Today are abuzz with news of the microsurgery.”

The best bunion surgery depends on the method the surgeon is most comfortable performing and individual contraindications. For eligible patients, “The obvious advantages for the patient are immediate weight-bearing and the fact that it’s minimally invasive,” Dr. Geldwert says. Still, it’s important to understand all the facets of percutaneous bunion surgery in order to find out if it’s the ideal bunion correction method for you.

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With percutaneous bunion correction, surgery doesn’t have to be invasive. Image Source: Unsplash user Piron Guillaume.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Facts About Bunions You Should Know

Posted by on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Bunions are one of the most common foot issues our board-certified podiatrists and surgeons treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine office in White Plains. It can be scary when patients first notice a big “bump” on their big toe—especially since there is a lot of misinformation out there about what bunions are, how they progress, and how they are treated. Here, we’ll delve into five facts about bunions so you can have a better idea of how bunions develop and treatment options.

How much do you know about bunions? White Plains podiatrists discuss five surprising facts.
How much do you know about bunions? White Plains podiatrists discuss five surprising facts. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Percutaneous Foot Surgery For Bunions and Hammertoes Coming to Mt. Sinai Hospital

Posted by on Friday, August 25th, 2017

Mount Sinai recently became the first and only hospital in the state of New York to offer the new percutaneous foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes. This is exciting news, as our NYC foot surgeons are continually looking for innovative ways to help patients recover faster and more efficiently. Following the success of the pilot program, percutaneous foot surgery may become an option for patients looking for quicker recoveries from injury or pain.

 NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Image Source: Wikimedia user Workhorse.investor.

Considering the Pros and Cons of Bunion Surgery: Treatment Options and Recovery

Posted by on Monday, June 26th, 2017

People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.

Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry?
Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry? Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.

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6 Common White Plains Walking Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Walking in White Plains is a great workout, but what about the aches and pains you’ve noticed lately? Are they cause for concern? Or are they just the inevitable side effect of daily walking? Our White Plains podiatrists have the answers! If you would like more personalized care, stop by to see us at 10 Mitchell Place in zip code 10601. We’d love to help you select the right footwear, fit you with a pair of custom orthotics, perform a gait analysis, treat foot pain with the latest technology, or answer any questions you may have.

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White Plains, NY is a bustling place for walkers, so long as they don’t suffer from these common aches and pains in their feet! (Image Source: PublicDomainPictures.net)

Coming Soon: The New Geldwert Bunion Plate

Posted by on Monday, October 3rd, 2016

When your feet hurt, you want the “best of the best” to treat your pain as quickly and effectively as possible. There is no time to goof around with improper diagnoses, lackluster treatments, or multiple revision surgeries. New Yorkers can get it right the first time by contacting Dr. Josef J. Geldwert at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

Over the past four decades, this board-certified foot and ankle specialist has made a name for himself in the running community by treating the NY Road Runners Club, the Central Park Track Club, long-distance racers, and Olympic hopefuls. He’s worked the sidelines of races and tennis matches and served as official team podiatrist for professional lacrosse, soccer, and basketball teams. SOLS contacted Dr. Geldwert to serve on their medical advisory board as they launched their new brand of custom orthotics.

But did you know Dr. Josef Geldwert is also an expert bunion surgeon? Most recently, he designed and patented a new hallux valgus and tailor bunion plate. The Geldwert Plate is currently pending FDA approval, with an expected market release around July 1st, 2017.

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Dr. Geldwert’s new bunion plate will treat the problem using less invasive methods.

Should You Get Surgery For a Bunion, or Let It Be?

Posted by on Monday, May 30th, 2016

If you go to a cosmetic foot surgeon and say, “This bunion is ugly. I want it gone,” no one will stop you. If you think it’s worth the pain and aggravation of surgery, plus a three to four-month recovery period, that’s your prerogative. But if you’re asking us – from a medical standpoint, as trained podiatric surgeons – if we feel you need surgery for your bunion, it’s another matter entirely.

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Should you worry more about the bunion or the bunion surgery? NY podiatrists discuss. (Image Source: Wikimedia CC user Liftarn)

4 Possible Complications with Lapidus Bunion Surgery That Every Patient Should Know

Posted by on Monday, April 18th, 2016

While there are over 100 different types of bunion surgery, the Lapidus bunionectomy has become probably the most talked-about method for hallux valgus deformity correction in recent years. As Podiatry Today points out, the Lapidus procedure corrects the deformity at its root, preserves big toe joint function, helps prevent issues like hypermobility and excessive loading, allows for postoperative weight bearing, and improves rear foot alignment.

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At the NYY Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we take measures to avoid bunion surgery complications. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Jessica Jasper)